Sheldon Strom Receives National Award

Aug 20, 2014

Sheldon Strom, President and founder of CEE, was presented with a Champion of Energy Efficiency Award last night at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) 18th biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.

award4.JPGThe prestigious award recognizes leadership and accomplishments in the energy-efficiency field. Sheldon was recognized for founding the Center for Energy and Environment and leading our many successful endeavors over 35 years including contributing to Minnesota's groundbreaking 2007 Next Generation Energy Act, piloting and implementing some of the state’s most successful energy efficiency programs, and conducting nationally recognized research on the best ways for Minnesota homes and businesses to save energy.  

“The work that Sheldon and CEE did over the years supported the claims of what we could do to achieve efficiency. A huge contribution was CEE bringing its research capabilities to bear for solid numbers versus wishful thinking,” Bill Grant, Minnesota Deputy Commissioner of Energy and Telecommunications. “I couldn’t be happier about Sheldon getting the recognition he richly deserves.”

In 1979, the City of Minneapolis created the Minneapolis Energy Office to address the local impacts of the energy crisis and appointed Sheldon Strom as its head. Thirty-five years later, those initial energy-efficiency efforts have grown into a leading national energy-efficiency nonprofit with significant impact.  Over the years, the work of Sheldon and his team of nationally recognized experts have saved Minnesota energy customers in excess of an $500 million through energy savings programs operated by CEE.  

In that time, CEE programs have:

  • directly saved an estimated 2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, enough to power over 200,000 homes for an entire year; 
  • provided $185 million in low-interest clean energy loans; and 
  • increased the efficiency, comfort and in-door health of over 30,000 homes, 10,000 businesses, and 1,000 government buildings in Minnesota. 

"Sheldon's vision and steady leadership has been the key driver in establishing Minnesota as a top national pioneer in energy efficiency. His legacy has been to save many millions of dollars for consumers and cut countless tons of pollutants that damage public health and the environment. We are all deeply indebted to him," Michael Noble, Executive Director, Fresh Energy.

Mr. Strom was nominated by staff at CEE and selected by a committee of ACEEE’s Board of Directors from an impressive group of nominees. Selection criteria were based on each nominee’s impact, innovation, and leadership in the energy efficiency field.